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Academic Film Archive of North America

The mission of The Academic Film Archive of North America (AFA) is to acquire, preserve, document, and promote academic film by providing an archive, resource, and forum for continuing scholarly advancement and public exhibition. The AFA defines academic film as any film in the broad subject areas of the Humanities and Sciences which were sold into secondary school, university, and public libraries. Such films might have been made by educational film companies, television networks, non-profit or...



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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Dimension Films
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Portrays the images and sensations evoked by a group of piglets sleeping, eating, and exploring a barnyard.
Topic: pigs
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Paul Burnford, Films Incorporated.
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favorite 23
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Designed to create a heightened awareness of color in our environment. Avoids theoretical analysis, emphasizing instead the sensuous and emotional appeal of color and its power to influence vision and feeling. Features an avant-garde auto harp soundtrack by Werner Bracher
Topic: color
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Scholastic Magazines, inc.
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favorite 14
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   This is one of the films in the 'Toute La Bande' series. This film is a landmark of interracial personal relationships in educational films. In his book 'Films You Saw in School,' (McFarland) Geoff Alexander writes: ‘Toute La Bande’ was an exceptional thirteen-part French language instruction series of 1970, created by language educator Mary Glasgow and produced by Donald Carter. [1] Each film in the series consists of a light drama, sequentially beginning with the arrival of a student...
Topics: French, foreign language teaching
Academic Film Archive of North America
by William Deneen
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eye 13,682
favorite 21
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A dramatization of a Roman boy's friendship with a slave in his father's household. Depicts, through the young boys' experiences and activities, the way of life and customs of ancient Rome. Some dialogue in Latin. This film was one of three made by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films' Bill Deneen utilizing the sets from Samuel Bronston's epic 'The Fall of the Roman Empire.' This 'Claudius' was actually one of two released concurrently by EB, one with and one without dialogue in Latin, and is...
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Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica Films, William Deneen, Samuel Bronston, Latin dialogue
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Kent Wilson
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Directed by Gabriel Weiss. One of the strangest, fun, and perhaps most unforgettable films in the science genre was this, produced by University of California at San Diego chemistry professor Kent Wilson, and choreographed by Weiss’ future wife and 1969 America’s Junior Miss, Jackie Benington. After a short description of the interaction between “stars” 30s Ribosome, mRNA, and Initiator Factor One by Stanford’s Nobel Prize-winning Paul Berg, the camera moves to an open field at...
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Topics: protein, DNA, RNA
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Edward English
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Lisl Weil, a dancer who often performed in New York with friend Tommy Scherman and his Little Orchestra Society, was also a splendid charcoal artist. Here, accompanied by Sherman’s musical interpretation of the Paul Dukas classic, she soars across the screen, drawing abstract characters on a massive blank board in a timeless, fun film that juxtaposes wonderfully with the better-known Disney treatment in 'Fantasia.'
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Topics: charcoal, dukas
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Richard Leacock
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favorite 23
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Here, manic Princeton professor Eric Rogers hosts, continually removing and replacing his eyeglasses, ordering around lab assistants --- he forcefully breaks a glass test tube in the hands of an assistant to demonstrate the inelasticity of water --- and furiously pounds equations on a blackboard (Leacock says the scribblings must have lasted 45 minutes, in what must be one of the more necessary cuts in the history of educational film.) Rogers finally conducts an experiment with a young girl,...
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Topic: Physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes
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favorite 23
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This is the first film in Barnes' 'Shaw vs. Shakespeare' series, considered by experts to be among the finest educational films ever made. Here is wonderful introduction to Barnes as an insightful and witty interpreter of Shakespeare on film, the opening film of the triptych focusing on George Bernard Shaw’s belief that, although Shakespeare’s play was superior to his own, the treatment of the character of Caesar was not. Shaw, as written by Barnes, prefers a Caesar whose...
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Topics: Geoge Bernard Shaw, Shaw, Shakespeare, Moffat, Kiley, Grossman
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Terra Productions
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favorite 7
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A portrait of a country and its long relationship with the United States and a report on the political, economic and social crisis emerging in Puerto Rico today.
Topic: Puerto Rico
Academic Film Archive of North America
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favorite 10
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Liberace winks at the camera, reminisces about the past, and sends a turkey to its doom, performing 'Turkey In The Straw' and 'Shine On Harvest Moon.'
Topics: Liberace, piano
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Philip Stapp
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eye 8,548
favorite 84
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Sent by the U.S. government as a participant in the Marshall Plan with a specific mission to assist the French in re-gearing their animation studios, Stapp discovered a Europe much-decimated by war, but in further danger of annihilation by nuclear weapons. Returning to the U.S., he produced this alarming-yet-hopeful film, replete with its lonely, Tanguy-inspired landscapes peopled with static figures casting long shadows across charcoal-colored plains. While taking the risk of leaning a bit...
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Topic: animation, Marshall Plan
Academic Film Archive of North America
by EDC (Education Development Center)
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favorite 12
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Professor Byron L Youtz uses a stream of electrons accelerated through mercury vapor to show that the kinetic energy of the electrons is transferred to the mercury atoms only in discrete packets of energy. Establishes the association of the quantum of energy with a line in the spectrum of mercury. Points out that the Frank-Hertz experiment was one of the earliest indications of the existence of internal energy states within the atom. Includes an epilogue by James Franck. A PSSC (Physical...
Topics: physics, PSSC, experiments, electrons
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
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favorite 9
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MIT Professor John G. King uses the photomultiplier and the oscilloscope to demonstrate that light shows particle behavior. He describes the photmultiplier, demonstrates amplification, and discusses the reasoning required to understand the final outcome. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by BCC-TV
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Examines the nature of sound waves and demonstrates how to measure the speed of sound and diffraction and interference of sound waves.
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Physical Science Study Committee.; Modern Learning Aids
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favorite 26
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Shows the four ways that light traveling in a straight line can be bent: by diffraction, scattering, refraction, and reflection. Refraction is illustrated by underwater photography. From the PSSC Physics series. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
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Using the radioactive decay of cosmic ray mu-mesons shows the dilation of time in a filmed experiment which takes place on top of Mt. Washington, N.H. and at M.I.T.in Cambridge, Mass. Explains how data are taken to determine the time distribution of the decays of mu-mesons at rest. Determines the counting rate for mu-mesons with speeds of about .99 the speed of light which arrive on top of Mt. Washington and measures the number that survive to reach sea level. Deduces from the experimental...
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Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Educational Services Inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
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favorite 16
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Professor Richard H. Bolt discusses sound wave phenomena, how sound travels, and how it is reflected. The film demonstrates that sound is a wave phenomenon and thus can also move around barriers. Also the film shows how sound waves can be refracted through a lens. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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favorite 4
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Examines the theme of the play Macbeth, replete with concealed meanings and paradoxical situations. Features dramatic portrayals of scenes from the play by director-actor David Campbell and other actors of the Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon, Ontario, and the Old Vic in London. For more on director John Barnes and the controversy over the making of this film, visit: http://www.afana.org/macbeth.htm
Topic: Shakespeare
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Eugene W. Castle
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eye 10,416
favorite 25
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Castle Films, whose series ‘The Adventure Parade’ resulted in a number of commercially exotic films on ethnic traditions and cultures, actually utilized authentic music in this film, instead of the boring orchestral scores that were more typical of the era. Although the continued use of the term "these little men", and the embarrassing attempt to comically portray an older member of the group as a cynic seems condescending to present-day sensibilities, the faithful recording of...
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Topics: pygmy, Africa, Werner Herzog
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Weston Woods
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Creator of the Mr. Magoo and Tom Terrific animated characters, Deitch has spent the last several decades in Prague, directing films based on children’s picture books along with his wife and colleague, Zdenka Deitchova. Here, Deitch describes the painstaking process of animating a picture book for film and selecting a musical score. For more on Deitch, visit Creator of the Mr. Magoo and Tom Terrific animated characters, Deitch has spent the last several decades in Prague, directing films based...
Topics: Gene Deitch, picture books, animation
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Physical Science Study Committee.; Modern Learning Aids
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favorite 6
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Shows several models to illustrate both the bulk motion and random motion of molecules. Shows their interconnection as the energy of bulk motion. Discusses thermal conduction and absolute temperature scale. For more info on PSSC films and their history, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
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Topic: pssc. physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Adam Dziesinski; Oddball Films
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This tribute video was made for the late Stephen Parr (1953-2017), founder of the Oddball Film Archives in San Francisco, California, by Oddball researcher Adam Dziesinski. Stephen had amassed some 50,000 reels of film and was one of the most prominent --- and loved --- archivists in the world. An obituary written by Laura Wenus in "Mission Life" quotes archivist Rick Prelinger: “Archives tend to be really closed places, behind closed doors, mysterious and to serve some people and...
Topic: film archive
Academic Film Archive of North America
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‘River of No Return’ has no sound track, music, or narration. The filmmakers, Frederic and Sylvia Christian, are virtual unknowns, a husband and wife team from Spokane who filmed their personal journey down Idaho’s Salmon River in their remarkable two-rudder flat-bottomed boat, “Christian’s Challenger,” which we see them building beside the river at 11:55 into the film. They made the film to accompany their public lectures documenting the four-crew journey down the challenging...
Topics: Salmon River, Snake River, Paul Hoefler
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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eye 5,884
favorite 19
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'Ancient World, The: Greece' (1955) 66m, dir. ray Garner. This film recreates the ancient Greek world through its extant art and literature. The narration is from translations of Greek authors, including Hesiod, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, and Plutarch, and accompanies visual impressions of Greek religious philosophy and history through the golden age. The film features spectacular footage of Crete, Knossos, Mycenae, and the sculptures of...
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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Leo A. Handel; Monroe Manning
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A Mexican-American who feels culturally deprived and unsure of his identity is shown his cultural heritage. Discusses Mexican history, how Spanish words, architecture, and music have become part of American culture, and the contributions of outstanding Mexican-Americans. Narrated by Ricardo Montalban, who makes a brief appearance. Several in director Leo Handel's personal circle had cameos in the film. His secretary Laura appears at 17:37, looking at clothing. Her successor, Carol Nocella is...
Topics: Mexican-American, Chicano, culture
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Physical Science Study Committee. Physics.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
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John Shive explains that pulse propagation on ropes and slinkies shows elementary characteristics of waves, such as different speeds in different media. He uses a torsion bar wave machine to repeat these experiments to demonstrate reflection and other phenomena. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Charles L. Finance
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favorite 43
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Using computer animation and pictures from NASA space missions, discusses the similarities and differences among the planets. Summarizes how the solar system was formed and why it is important to learn as much as possible about the other planets.
Academic Film Archive of North America
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In The sixth and final film in Bernard Wilets's Man and the State series is a dramatization of the controversy between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson as the two historical figures debate various crises in American history. They are raised from the dead, awaken, debate the Civil War, the Great Depression, and Vietnam, then are returned to their deaths. Filmmaker Bernard Wilets shown briefly on camera, sitting to the right of the camera, wearing a cap. For more on filmmaker Bernard...
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Topic: Man and State, Drama, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopedia Britannica
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favorite 35
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This exceptional film was made during the eruption of Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island. Shows stages of volcanic activity and a detailed view of a major volcanic eruption. Describes techniques used in measuring earthquake activity. Here are terrific shots of geotometers and seismographs. In making the film, editor Ulf Backstrom held filmmaker Bert Van Bork by the belt while he took precipitous shots hanging over lava vents. Van Bork burned through two pairs of Hush Puppies while filming....
Topics: volcanoes, geology
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Physical Science Study Committee.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
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Explains the law of universal gravitation by imagining a solar system of one star and one planet. Professors Patterson Hume and Donald Ivey as inhabitants of planet X describe the process by which they derived the law in their solar system. Demonstrates the kinematics and dynamics of planetary motion using a large turntable as a model of a solar system. Displays satellite orbits as figured by a digital computer. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit...
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Richard Leacock
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eye 14,861
favorite 33
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In the hands of another director, the inner-workings of a magnet laboratory could have caused a whole classroom to fall asleep of boredom. No so when Leacock was hired to produce this twenty-minute version of lab mayhem. Try this: six researchers in a lab at MIT in the late 1950's show-off the power of electro-magnets, and in the process, accidentally set an experiment on fire(Leacock says he did a retake without the fire, but preferred the immediacy of the fire sequence and kept it in). Or...
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Topics: magnet, degauss, physics, science, PSSC, Leacock
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Milan Herzog
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favorite 4
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Lesson 51 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Je Parle Français' French languauge instruction series of 1961. Here, Mont Saint-Michel is visited and architectural elements are described. This print is a Kodachrome answer print from producer Milan Herzog's private collection. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm
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Topics: French langauage instruction, Mont Saint-Michel
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, inc.
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favorite 22
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Discusses the physical structure of rocks thrust to the earth's surface from geological cataclysms such as volcanoes and earthquakes.
Topic: geology
Academic Film Archive of North America
by William Deneen
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eye 9,641
favorite 19
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Explains how Japan's rapid industrial growth has influenced the way of life in the country and has affected the international political and economic position of the country. Suggests that Japan turned to industrialization to support a rapidly growing population on a small and relatively poor land area. Deneen shot the aerial shots himself alone, while piloting a single-engine aircfraft, pointing the camera out the window. As an extra, Deneen appears on-camera in a 3:53 non-distributed film,...
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Topic: Japan Asia, industrial
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Jan Lenica
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favorite 47
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A animated version of Ionesco’s tale, a play on the theme of conformity.
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Topics: animation, poland
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Milan Herzog
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favorite 42
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Examines the concepts of the entropy principle and of astronomical time, the relation of subjective and external time, and the definition of a second. Includes demonstrations of scientific timepieces and of the cyclotron. Features producer Milan Herzog in cameo role as the director of a space project.
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Topics: afana, Herzog
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Alemann Films
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favorite 30
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Johanna Alemann is believed to be the first woman filmmaker, operating as a sole proprietor, to run an academic film company in North America. Her focus was mainly on art. Her 'Nature as Impression' highlights Alemann’s painterly use of the camera to record nature scenes that she turns into cinematic impressionism. She includes an analysis of Impressionist paintings as they relate to color and shading in nature, focusing on Impressionists Manet, Monet, and Renoir, and Post-Impressionists...
Topics: painting, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism., nature, art
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Vincent R. Tortora
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favorite 10
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Explores the history, traditions and practices of the Lubavitch Hasidic Community of New York. Visits their synagogue, homes, school and other parts of their community. Incorporates Chabad - Hasidic - songs and melodies in the soundtrack
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Topics: Judaism, Lubavitch, Chabad
Academic Film Archive of North America
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Shows a boy blowing a dandelion, discusses how parachutes, gliders, helicopters, binoculars, lineman's spurs, car wheel curb feelers imitate nature's creatures. For more on director/cinematographer Kent Durden, visit http://www.afana.org/durden.htm
Topic: Man Imitates Nature
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopedia Britannica
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favorite 19
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Examines geological forces causing the formation of a shield volcano. Shows how the massive lava flow from Mauna Ulu volcano, the first new mountain in the United States in recent history, has reshaped surrounding island terrain. Describes the methods and instruments used by geologists studying volcanic activity.  Uses film footage produced over a five - year period to document an extended Hawaiian volcanic eruption from which, in the early 1970's, a whole new mountain emerged. Reveals how the...
Topics: volcano, geology, Mauna Ulu, Hawaii, Maui
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bert Salzman
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eye 5,701
favorite 21
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For most of his life, Angel has been a migrant worker, helping his family as they move from place to place picking crops. When a phone won't work, Angel enlists "Big Joe's" aid to repair it and from then on a friendship develops. Joe and the boy team up to start a rose-growing business. A call from Angel's father comes, the family must leave. Angel can stay with Joe and the promise of a future, or he can go with his family and continue in the uncertain lifestyle of his parents....
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Topics: Bert Salzman, Academy Award
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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An in-depth study of this famous cathedral. "What is the special character of Chartres Cathedral that we should call it the greatest of the medieval churches?" Narrated by New York Times art critic John Canaday, Chartres becomes a visible fusion of faith, engineering and architecture. The camera pictures the cathedral in its awesome entirety, with detailed closeups, and as an enduring triumph of man's skills. For more on Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: cathedral
Academic Film Archive of North America
by William Deneen
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favorite 22
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This film describes how Puerto Rico, with too many people and too few resources, created an industrial economy and emerged from colonial rule to self - government. Governor Luis Muños Marin here decsribes his "Operation Bootstrap" program, interviewed on-camera with director Bill Deneen. The script was written by noted novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard.
Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica Films, William Deneen, Puerto Rico, Luis Muños Marin, Operation Bootstrap
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Johanna Alemann
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Reveals the many-sided heritage of American architecture. Explains that traditions in architecture were brought to the United States by people of many different nationalities, and that they were blended with historical styles reaching back in time to ancient Greece and Rome to produce a culture uniquely American. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Topic: architecture
Academic Film Archive of North America
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Features United Airlines' Boeing 377 Stratocruiser flying from San Francisco to Hawaii, including passengers, crew, interior of plane, arrival in Hawaii. Passengers visit tourist spots, then fly Hawaiian Airlines Douglas DC-3 to the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai. An unidentified Matson passenger liner is shown.
Topics: Highway to Hawaii, Boeing 377, Stratocruiser, Douglas DC-3, Matson
Academic Film Archive of North America
by William F. Deneen
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favorite 5
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In this film, Deneen starred his wife and three sons (all uncredited), after he'd arranged a trade with Italian Lines for free passage for his family in return for a film about the liner S.S. Leonardo Da Vinci. Deneen states that 90% of the shots were filmed on the Da Vinci, and another 10% were filmed aboard the S.S. Michelangelo on his return voyage. The film is a remarkable children's film as well as serving as an important document of one of the most advanced ocean liners of its day, now...
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Topics: academic film, bill deneen
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
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Film dramatizes one of the best-known incidents in English literature - the Christmas visit of Mr. Pickwick and his friends to Dingley Dell Farm. In the large parlor, everyone responds to the cordial atmosphere and joyous capers of Mr. Pickwick. From the Pickwick papers. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Dickens, Christmas
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Kevin Smith
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favorite 8
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Qualitative demonstrations of photoelectric effect, using sun and carbon as sources. Experiments measure energy of photoelectron emitted from a potassium surface. With John Strong, assisted by William T. Plummer. The film was directed by Gene Kearney, noted for his film adaptation on Conrad Aiken's 'Silent Snow, Secret Snow' ( https://archive.org/details/silent_snow_secret_snow  )
Topic: PSSC physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
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Deals with the macabre humor of an old Welsh ballad in cartoon form. Drawings by Carol Roe (sister of director Stuart Roe), folk ballad sung by Dave Zeitlin. An animated film made during UCLA's Department of Theater Arts Extension animation workshop course, Fall 1954.
Topics: Carol roe, animation
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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favorite 11
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'Ancient World, The: Egypt' (1951) 66m, dir. Ray Garner. This film taces the story of Egypt from the prehistoric period to the time of the Ptolemies, focusing on the Nile, temples, pyramids and the Sphinx. Here, Garner showcases a single shot of ruins as light and dark as clouds pass, a signature of his. The filmmaker waxes poetic in this statement: "For Egypt is a monument, not to the conqueror or statesman, but to the artist, the architect, the painter, the sculptor, whose works will...
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson "Kit" Davidson
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favorite 83
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Fourteen international awards, including an Academy Award, Nomination and the Special Prize of the Jury, Cannes Intl Festival. Presents a surrealistic and humorous satire on the Madison Avenue image of the world through advertising. The terrific jazz soundtrack was done by Bob Brookmeyer and Gerry Mulligan, who was a friend of filmmaker Carson "Kit" Davidson. This film was restored courtesy the Academy Film Archive. More on Davidson and his other films you can view at...
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Topics: experimental, jazz, dada, surrealism
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Physical Science Study Committee.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
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favorite 13
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George J. Wolga shows why we believe in the unity of the electromagnetic radiation spectrum. He performs experiments which show that the radiation arises from accelerated charges and consists of transverse waves that can be polarized. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Educational Services Inc
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Harrison Brown discusses the significance of long time intervals and describes how radioactive dating arrives at an estimate for the age of the earth. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: PSSC, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray and Virginia Garner
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Explains how the kibbutz settlements of Israel are organized as agricultural communities to serve all the people living there. Show how the kibbutz society has been brought to fulfillment at Dafna in Northern Galilee.
Topics: academic film, kibbutz, Israel
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Gerald McDermott
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The late Gerald McDermott made this, his first commercial film at the age of 19, an extremely complex animation short featuring approximately 2000 animation cels presented in six minutes. The production was handled by an uncredited Harrison Engle, later noted as a documentary filmmaker. Influenced by Klee and Matisse, McDermott used silk-screen as well as traditional painting techniques in crafting ethnographic folk tale animation shorts. With films that are startling in intensity, and majestic...
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Topics: Animation, Japan, folktale
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Educational Services, Inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
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favorite 8
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Dorothy Montgomery uses a Leybold tube to measure the curvature of the path of the electrons in a magnetic field and thus determine the mass of the electron. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
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Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Physical Science Study Committee. Physics.; Physical Science Study Committee.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
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Professors Donald Ivey and Patterson Hume show how the over-all effect of a very large number of random events can be very predictable, using several unusual games to bring out the statistical nature of this predictability. They explain the predictable nature of radioactive decay in terms of what is shown. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
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In maintaining that Brutus was the least morally-reprehensible character in Shakespeare’s play, Shaw here plays the critic, offering analysis to the scenes played by Barnes’ remarkable cast, led by Donald Moffat, Richard Kiley and Suzanne Grossman. This is the second of a 3 part series. To view the first and third parts, visit http://www.archive.org/details/shaw_vs_shakespeare_1 and http://www.archive.org/details/shaw_vs_shakespeare_3
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Topics: George Bernard Shaw, Shaw, Shakespeare, Moffat, Kiley, Grossman
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Mona's Candle Light was discovered among reels of film that Geoff Alexander, of the Bay Area-based Academic Film Archive of North America, bought at a flea market in an unmarked box. There are no credits, so it is impossible to determine who shot it and for what purpose. The film is 1950s footage, probably amateur, of a well know lesbian club (which had opened in the 1930s), Mona's Candle Light, and it is an invaluable document of that underground scene. The film opens with a panning shot of...
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Topics: drag king, lesbian nightclub
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by Merle Norman Cosmetics.; Modern Talking Picture Service.
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Singer Vikki Carr demonstrates the forerunner of today's phonograph, the automatic musical instrument. She explains the hidden mechanisms whereby priceless pianos are played by the 'invisible hands' of pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski and composer - pianist Edvard Grieg, repeating precisely their performance of 50 years ago. These old orchestrations duplicate sounds of entire orchestras, played by player piano, automatic banjo, and other automatic instruments. Carr sings along with some of them in...
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Topic: player pianos
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by Milan Herzog; Physical Science Study Committee. Physics.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
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In this classic Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC) film, MIT professor John G. King discusses the concept of time and shows various devices used to measure and record time intervals from 1 second down to 10 seconds. He points out that the accuracy of a clock can be judged only by comparison with another clock. The question of what time is, psychologically and physically, is raised briefly as well as the question of a possible limit to the subdivision of time. The film features noted...
Topic: PSSC
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by Manuel Arango
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The real star here is the late aerial photographer James Freeman, whose breathtaking helicopter shots of Mayan and Aztec ruins at sunrise and sunset won an Academy Award for this film in 1971. Although the English version was narrated by Orson Welles, the Spanish version, narrated by Ricardo Montalban, is in better keeping with the ethnic aspect of the film, and no knowledge of Spanish is needed to appreciate his dramatic impact. Don't be put off by the heroic musical score: this film is...
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Topics: Maya, Aztec, helicopter, Chichen Itza, Monte Alban, Tulum, Toltec, Uxmal, Palenque
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by David Loeb Weiss.
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(1978) 30m, dir. David Loeb Weiss. On July 2, 1978, the last hot lead edition of the New York Times rolled off the presses. Weiss, a proofreader for the Times, documented the phasing out of this historical process, and what impresses us now, beyond the Ludlow machine (which casts the lead at 535 degrees), the Linotype machine (operated for the last time by Carl Schlesinger, who also narrates the film), and the presses, is the incredible noise generated by all these people and devices. The...
Topics: newspaper, linotype, typesetting
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by Edith Sperry
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'Village Potters of Onda' (1966) 27m, dir. Edith Sperry. Shows the activities and ways of life of Japanese folk potters in Onda, a romote village in the mountains of North Central Kyushu, Japan. Presents a detailed account of traditional pottery - making techniques which have remained relatively unchanged for more than250 years. 9 families in village make pottery, including Sakamoto, Yunase (sp?), Kokakuro (sp?). Techniques originated in Korea. Use a total of 7 glazes, kiln is fired every two...
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Topics: pottery, Japan, craft
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by Stewart Nestor
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Johanna Alemann is believed to be the first woman filmmaker, operating as a sole proprietor, to run an academic film company in North America. Her focus was mainly on art. She made twenty films for her company, Alemann Films, and passed away on November 12, 2012 at the age of 89. This photo essay, made her friend Stewart Nestor, is a memorial to her. In 2013, it is anticipated that all of her films will be uploaded to the Academic Film Archive of North America collection at the Internet...
Topic: Johanna Alemann
Presents a 50-year history of the films produced by the Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, including excerpts from films made by John Barnes and Larry Yust, etc. Former EB VPMarta Gonzalez says though uncredited, VP Don Hoffman produced it & wrote the script. Hosted by long-time EB narrator Jim Brill.
Topics: educational films, James Brill
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by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Presents aspects of day-to-day life in Venice, a city that is most renowed for its historic sites and large tourist trade. Tells a story about a boy who loses a prized model ship on the waterways of his city. For elementary grades. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: Venice
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by Thomas G. Smith
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Essentially a film on photosynthesis, this film includes demonstrations and drawings to show how life on earth relies on the sun for energy. It describes the basic processes by which plants and animals obtain the sun's energy stored in food, and how this energy is converted into food. The avant-garde jazz music score is thought to be performed by the Art Ensemble of Chicago. About the music, director Tom Smith notes: "It was a group of perhaps five or six musicians led by a pianist. The...
Topics: food, Art Ensemble of Chicago, sun, animal
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by Carson Davidson
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A portrait of the Third Avenue Elevated Railway in New York City in 1955. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. The music is Haydn’s Concerto in D, played by harpsichordist Wanda Landowska. Davidson was a great fan of Landowska, and the rights to the music were held by HMV, who told the filmmaker that he could use the music, provided Landowska gave her approval. Through her secretary, Davidson discovered that Landowska distrusted filmmakers, had only seen one film in her life (which she...
Topics: New York City, Trains, Elevated Railway
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by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc.
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Explains by animated drawings, the operation of a radio vacuum tube in terms of its filament, plate, and grid circuits. Illustrates three functions of the vacuum tube in the radio: how it serves as an amplifier to operate the loud-speaker, as a rectifier in detection, and as an oscillator to generate the carrier wave.
Topics: vacuum tubes, technology
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by Bert Salzman
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Miguel, a Puerto Rican boy has moved to New York City with his family. He finds his ability to speak English and Spanish puts him at an advantage in assisting his family in their new surroundings. Miguel later stretches his ingenuity to an extreme when, to put food on his family’s table, he goes fishing in the heavily polluted East River. A moving and amusing film with many suprises. Awards: Winner Columbus Film Festival; Best in Category Aired on CBS Childrens Film Festival Columbus Film...
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Topic: Bert Salzman
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Aerial spotting in "The Observer" piloted by Ed Durden in Santa Barbara Channel, looking for possible fish depletion as a result of July 28, 1969 oil spill. Observed were basking sharks, sea bass, pelicans, and sea elephants on San Miguel Island. Discusses DDT impact on anchovies and pelicans.
Topics: Santa Barbara Channel, DDT, pelicans, oil spill
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by John Barnes: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
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Part of the three-part 'Odyssey' series made by John Barnes. Reveals the character of Odysseus through his activities upon his return to Ithaca, concentrating on his heroic qualities of courage and cleverness. Dr. Gilbert Highet explains that these qualities are shown by presenting Odysseus as a new and strangely different kind of hero. For more on director Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Homer, Ancient Greece, Greek literature
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by Herman J. Engel
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Compares water with benzene as a gas, liquid and solid, and explains the distinctive properties of water in terms of hydrogen bonding between molecules. Features experiments by John A. Skarulis and William H. Pasfield.
Topic: chemistry
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by Ronald Craigen
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'Farmer-Fishermen' (1948) 15m, dir. Ronald Craigen. Narrated in the first-person, a boy's narration of fishing culture in Norway. The boy and father return to farm during warm months, and he and his sister tend flocks for the summer in a mountain hut, away from their parents. Many other adolescents do the same, making for great camaraderie in the mountains. Net mending, potato planting, weaving, etc. Scenes from Bergen, and village of Floro. From Louis de Rochemont's 'Earth and Its People'...
Topic: Norway